Nothing sticks out more distinctly during tough times than kindness.
As has been observed by wiser people than myself, human beings reveal what they are truly made of, not in times of comfort and contentment, but when they are faced with seemingly impossible situations.
Say what you will about 2020, but one thing is for sure: it didn’t lack for impossible situations—between the global (global!) pandemic, and stultifying political and cultural divisiveness, Americans found the familiar trappings of their “normal” world disintegrating at every turn.
But the vast majority of people in this country gamely and determinedly followed the difficult protocols of social distancing, wearing masks and doing all they could to reduce the spread of infection, even when it meant rescheduling weddings, foregoing graduations and funeral gatherings, or paralyzing their own source of income.
And what stood out noticeably during these arduous times were the many acts of kindness, charity and simple humanity that people all over the world deployed to counter the calamity.
From fundraising to rescue work, from the brave dedication of our essential hospital workers, to the small acts of charity performed by neighbors and strangers alike, good and positive acts stood out in high relief from the depressing wall of bad news, gloomy forecasts and ill omens.
These selfless, positive demonstrations of empathy are like the rising sparks from a fire, standing out brightly against the pitch-black sky, seemingly in contradiction to the laws of the cold, unfeeling universe.
The public aren’t idiots, despite what Leah Remini might think.
Conversely, acts that reflect the general negativity of these times also distinguish themselves, like the darkness behind the sparks, when put side by side against their positive counterparts.
When an individual like Leah Remini uses her platform, not to bring light, solace or comfort, but to level hatred, vitriol and bigotry, even against those who labor to keep hope alive during these challenging times, it too stands out, but for all the wrong reasons.
Why waste an opportunity to shine a bright light of optimism or positivity? Ms. Remini not only squanders that opportunity, but does so in a way that is dissonant with what human beings do best in crisis: help one another without prejudice.
It’s a great triumph when individuals refuse to give in to the disheartening conditions of 2020, and a great tragedy when the weaker among us do give in, taking on the character of the very same unsympathetic catastrophe that they also are the victims of, rather than rekindling the tiny spark of humanity within themselves.
Leah Remini, who knows better, attacks our church in the midst of the most dehumanizing challenges mankind has faced since the World Wars. What the what?
Also bewilderingly, she does it at the same time that Scientology volunteers all over the world help communities combat the effects of the pandemic through a massive information campaign, not to mention physical decontamination of innumerable buildings, offices and transportation centers—at no cost—which Remini dismisses as a “publicity stunt.”
The public aren’t idiots, despite what she might think.
I noticed recent comments on an article containing “controversy” Remini attempted to manufacture about the Church of Scientology. They included: “She is the looney tune full of hate.” Another read: “Why does she care? Seriously all she does is bad mouth people related to Scientology.” And another: “Leah needs to shut up.” The authors weren’t Scientologists—a number expressed as much. But it doesn’t take a Scientologist to have had enough of Remini’s anti-Scientology extremism and hate.
People are catching on to the fact that the real publicity stuntperson is that individual on the sidelines, complaining shrilly, discriminating abundantly, broadcasting her own intolerance, leveling her own bigotry and grinding her own axe while the hard work of helping others and keeping hope alive is being done by dedicated parishioners of the Church of Scientology.